As expected, they are not good news. At least not for the indegenous peoples living in voluntary isolation: the Taromenane.

« A group of indigenous Waorani warriors has allegedly carried out revenge killings against other indigenous people deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. […] Unverified reports indicate that an entire family of perhaps 18 people was massacred when the armed Waorani came across a Taromenane home deep in the forest. »

Even though killings have always occured between tribes in the Amazon, it is now completely different than what it used to be: deforestation, oil and guns are now common in the Yasuni National park and its surroundings. And many of the Waoranis have partially traded their ancestral way of life for some commodity, making them a unique entity, influenced by a mix of both cultures. And that’s something not easy to deal with.

Read the whole article on the Amazon Watch website.

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Amazonía bajo presión is a document including detailed maps of the actual pressures and threats on the Amazon, a 7.8 millions km2 area, shared between Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Venezuela y Guyane Française, and where live 33 millions people, including 385 indigenous tribes.
This document is the result of a common effort, that began in 2007, under the Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG).

Note that it also include a map of the indigenous territories.

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Below is the result of setting up  a camera trap on a single « colpa » salt lick, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, for 4 weeks…

As expected, the area is now targeted by loggers, miners, and other developers.

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Amazing photographer Vincent Munier is currently in the Peruvian Amazon. I’m curious to see what he’s going to come back with…

His website.

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